Saturday, January 16, 2016

R.I.P., Michael Hoke.

Michael Hoke's obituary is here.  You probably never heard of him, but I had the pure luck of having him as a teacher when I was a kid in Orange, Texas.  He taught me a real love of nature and science--and (back in the days when girls weren't supposed to care about snakes and sharks and other "boy" things)--he had no problem indulging my curiosity in creatures that bit, slithered, and crawled.  He was the consummate teacher, and I will be forever grateful to him.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

What a $20 self-parking charge cost the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel.

I used to like the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel.  It was a great place for business breakfasts and lunches, and it was where the Law School Admissions Council held one of its conferences this year.  But I won't go back there.  As I pulled in this morning, the cost to park was $20--not just for valet service but also for self-parking.

For those who are not Las Vegans, $20 for self-parking is pretty much unheard of.  The point of free (or near-free) parking here is that we want patrons to enjoy the premises and spend their dollars elsewhere.  So $20 for parking goes against the Las Vegas culture.

But the story gets worse.  I asked to see the manager.  No luck.  I asked to have the manager drop by while I was having breakfast.  No luck.

If I had more free time, I would do a powerpoint on the order of this classic one (here).

Goodbye, Renaissance.  Let's see how the Las Vegas market treats your new changes.

A cool article about luck.

Forwarded to me by the wonderful Tom Piechota, who read it in Southwest Airlines's monthly magazine (here).